For 2018 and beyond, some yacht builders are seeking the influence of famous car designers, while others are staying true to their performance roots. Either way, the newest luxury vessels are as easy on the eyes as they are on the water.
By Diane M. Byrne
If you know Italian autos, you know the name Pininfarina. If you know competitive sailing, you know the name Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) Technologies. Put both of those names together with Princess Yachts, and you get the R35, the company’s first performance sport yacht. Thanks to Pininfarina, the Princess R35 looks the part of a sportier vessel, while simultaneously retaining the curvier elegance for which Princess is known. Thanks to BAR Technologies, the R35 embodies stability and has nearly one-third less drag than comparable performance boats. All that’s left for you to do is to pick one of five metallic paint finishes, then work with Princess Design Studio on the interior. Three decor packages are available for the cabin. princessyachts.com
LENGTH: 35 feet, 9 inches | BEAM: 10 feet, 8 inches | ENGINE: Twin Volvo Penta V-8 | ACCOMMODATIONS: Dinette convertible to double berth | TOP SPEED: 45-50 knots